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Andy Cresswell's narration, especially the voice of Darcy, was excellent. His voice for Darcy reminded me of Matthew Macfadden's in the movie version of Pride and Prejudice. However, Penny Scott-Andrews' narration was very disappointing. All the female voices seemed to lack emotion especially Elizabeth. They also did not sound very feminine and I longed for Elizabeth to sound more like Keira Knightly or Jennifer Ehle. The story was well done and I enjoyed seeing things from Darcy's point of view. Mr. Cresswell's narration saved the book for me.
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If you're a fan of the original, I'm afraid you won't find any new insights into Darcy's character or the events of the original Pride and Prejudice here. Nor are there any very interesting twists in the part of the novel that extends past the original book-- this goes about two months past their wedding. Instead, you may experience multiple eye rolls, cringe at uncharacteristic and too-modern behavior of beloved characters, and laugh out loud at the use of such terms as "baby bump" in a Regency period tale. I actually started disliking the Darcy and Elizabeth in this book, and most of what they seemed to do after becoming a couple was fawn over each other, become more forward with each other, and make constant sappy declarations of undying love to the detriment of any other aspects of their character development. Definitely not real, dynamic people.
The writing lacked sophistication and beauty- it was simple and artless and boring. The narration is likewise dull. You can't tell Mr. Darcy's voice apart from the narrator, and this is the least expressive of all the voices used in the narration. Not great considering that between the two it is the voice you hear most. And for some reason, sometimes in earlier parts of the novel a somewhat prissy sounding woman does Georgiana's voice, but this is not continued throughout. Why even bother?
I see other people saying, "Well, nobody can be Jane Austen!" but believe me, there are much better attempts at P&P variations out there. This book reminds me why I avoided the Jane Austen Fan Fiction category for so long, despite P&P being one of my favorite books.
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The story of Lizzy Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy is a beloved one, and I would gladly enjoy it over and over again. Having said that, do not for one minute believe that I would settle for just any drivel.
There were reviewers who disliked Darcy's repetitive denial of his love, his need to be near her etc etc. Yes, they behaved outside of the norm of their society; Darcy including her in the running of the estate, their intimate relations, their obvious expressions of love, but then, they had always been beyond the norm, even when Austen herself decided their fates.
Honestly, I liked it. It speaks to his original admission that it 'just would not do' and how he had struggled 'in vain'. I liked the fact that it continued past their wedding and showed their HEA. Which was normal after all. They fought and made up, made mistakes and learned from them, but most of all, their love helped them to continue their personal growth.
Like it or don't, but the love affair of Darcy and Lizzy will outlive most of us.
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For the most part I have enjoyed this book, and I am sure Miss Austen would approve the re-telling of Pride and Prejudice to include Darcy's thoughts and actions as well as give greater voice to other characters. My only criticism is toward the end of the book, after Darcy and Elizabeth are married the author labours the bedroom scenes and lovers talk too much. I am no prude, I love a saucy tale now and then, and I am well aware that in general during Georgian/Regency period attitudes to lewdness were far more relaxed than even today.....but for me in this case, it rather takes away from the story of their life together as man and wife and the changes which each must make.